South Lake Tahoe, CA November 10, 2020 – Over the last several months, California has seen unprecedented and extreme fire conditions that have resulted in a record-setting year for acres burned. Here in the Lake Tahoe Basin a burn ban was put in place earlier this summer in order to lessen the threat of wildfire in the area. By authorization of the local Fire Chiefs, charcoal barbeques, wood fire pits, and open burning were no longer allowed. During Red Flag conditions, this restriction further banned propane or natural gas barbecues and fire pits.
With the arrival of winter snow, South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue and Lake Valley Fire Protection District lifted the ban in the City and County of South Lake Tahoe. Please see the information below for specifics in your area.
● City of South Lake Tahoe - Charcoal BBQs and cooking fires are allowed. Natural Gas (NG) or Propane (LPG) outdoor fire pits and barbecues, and pellet grills/smokers are allowed. Solid fuel recreational/warming fires and open burns are NOT allowed.
● County of South Lake Tahoe - Charcoal BBQs and cooking fires are allowed. Natural Gas (NG) or Propane (LPG) outdoor fire pits and barbecues, and pellet grills/smokers are allowed. Solid fuel recreational/warming fires are allowed in properly constructed or manufactured firepits. Open burning is still suspended until further notice.
Local South Lake Tahoe fire agency personnel appreciate your adherence to the recent fire restrictions. We ask that you remain cognizant and report hazardous fires by dialing 9-1-1. We would also like to stress the importance of following manufacturer-recommended instructions on the proper care and maintenance of your barbecues and/or firepits.
For more information, contact South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue at (530) 542-6160 or Lake Valley Fire Protection District (530) 577-3737.